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A good "before" picture.
Assembling the racks for the Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650.
The new, 70-amp alternator from National AirParts (right) replaces the old Alcor 55-amp unit (left)
The offending alternator bracket. Note the two breaks.
PFD, MFD, autopilot, and standby attitude switch panel
Reconditioned yoke assembly, complete with new Davtron clock
New wing bolt, installed in its fitting
New wing bolts from Beechcraft to the rescue!
One of the Debonair’s ugly old corroded wing bolts
The Debonair’s new front office. Can you believe this is a 1963 airplane?
The Debonair, on display duty at Sun N’ Fun 2013
Years of friction and air loads have cut these “teeth” into the leading edge of the cowl door
So long, old paint. Note that the new engine access door is being tried on for size in this photo, and that the control surfaces are currently removed.
And voila–the final products–repaired, reskinned flaps on their way out the door. Looks better, no?
Repaired nose ribs got doublers to strengthen the trouble spots (left). The right nose rib shows the cracked and missing aluminum of the original flaps
Wear and cracking at the actuator attach point at the flap leading edge
A close-up of the LH nose gear door damage
Wings and empennage get the first coat of Matterhorn white at KD Aviation
Even the cowling access doors have been painted–on the inside! New baffling will be installed at a later date.
How white can white be? KD Aviation replaced that tired old mustard-colored paint scheme with this billiant Matterhorn white treatment
This in-progress shot shows the engine compartment, minus the new cowl access door from Select Airparts.
Front view, complete with passer-by. To the right is a structure that provides shade for visitors
A good view of the decal work and logo. The new N-number–N75YR–is also a new addition to the exterior
The old headliner–here secured with duct tape–will soon go. The fresh air scoop is opened and closed using a headliner-mounted control and it will be lubricated for smoother operation.
Dirt, old springs, washers, and much more fell to the belly of the 50-year-old Debonair
The belly of the beast. Here you get a good look at the asphalt, plus the static line for the pitot-static system. The tube ends should have been secured with hose clamps. Soon, they will be.
The interior was an aftermarket replacement for the original. Features include no lumbar support and now-rotting carpet and sidewalls. Take a good look, because it’s history–already.
AOPA’s Sweepstakes Debonair, on Air Mod’s ramp
Wham-o! First off, look at how clean the internal skins are, now that Air Mod has cleaned them. But the cleaning revealed a crack in a support bracket’s right side.
New full-flow Airwolf oil filter and engine adapter installed and waiting for fire sleeve hoses to arrive
Inspected, reconditioned, and painted seat frame, new reinforced seat sling, new foam, and new rollers.
Reconditioned, ergonomically correct seat, waiting for back and headrest covers to be installed.
New, aluminum-reinforced floorboards (foreground) replace the beat-up old plywood ones behind them.
Making the template for the rear seats.
Cutting the patterns for the seats. Air Mod has used Garrett Leather for past AOPA sweepstakes airplanes.
Belly, finally cleaned up and finished with a coat of zinc chromate.
Inner sides of fuselage show the end product of a thorough cleaning
One clean, corrosion-free belly.
Belly getting cleaner. Can you imagine 80 hours of this?
De-gunking the belly, with lacquer thinner, Scotchbrite pads, and a respirator.
Air Mod made a storage box in the forward spar cover. This takes advantage of previously-unused space.
Final fit and check of the new side panels, armrests, and seats. Also, a look at the pilot’s new seat, showing off the Garrett leather covering.
Air Mod’s Dennis Wolter, cutting the “waterfall Bubinga” hardwood veneer for the interior side panels.
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company
Glareshield, engine SCAT tubes and hoses
Airframe Components by Williams Inc.
Repair and reskinning of flaps, rudder inspection
9838 N. 1100 E.
Kendallville, IN 46755
Interior redesign, corrosion treatment, upholstery design and installtion
Airwolf Filter Corp.
Spin-on oil filter adapter and mounts
Glareshield-mounted angle-of-attack indicator
American Bonanza Society
Type-specific proficiency training, technical advice
American Propeller Service
Propeller overhaul and paint scheme
Evolution 250 display system, Connected Panel, EWR50 datalink receiver
Four-point safety harnesses
New cowling engine access panels
Eaton annunciator lights
MB 800 digital yoke-mounted chronometer
Donaldson Company Inc.
Paper air filter
Tip tanks, windshields, gap seals, propeller installation, fresh air system, cowling, stinger tailcone
MVP-50P engine analyzer, systems monitor, fuel capacity probes
GTN 750, GTN 650 navigators, GTX33ES transponder, GDL88 dual-link ADS-B transceiver, GDL39 ADS-B-in receiver, Garmin Pilot app
Aero-553 CO detector
Kelly Manufacturing Company/R. C. Allen Instruments
RCA-2600-2 standby attitude indicator with battery backup
Dorsal fairing, vertical stabilizer fairing and strobe light
706 Airport Road
Burlington, WI 53105
Lightspeed Aviation Inc.
Lightspeed Zulu.2 headsets
National AirParts, Inc.
70-amp/hour alternator upgrade
PMA 8000BT audio panel
Santa Fe Aero Services
Panel design, avionics installation
Scheme Designers, Inc.
Paint scheme design
Nose gear door
P.O. Box 219
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
SJ Corio Company
“SlideDowns” tiedown rope system
Slidedown tiedown system
Wentworth Aircraft Inc.
Streamlight Xenon/LED flashlight – 20 Winners!
Cabela’s Ripcord Duffle – 30 Winners!
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